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Jay Horton

Jay Horton
Jay Horton's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Willamette Week

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Despite Leave No Trace's humorless treatment and tragedy of its issues, McKenzie's incandescent ebullience blazes.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 83% Blockers (2018) Based on this debut, Cannon deserves a project less dependent on vomit, butt-chugging and penis jokes.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
3/4 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) While Anderson's admirers may divine some underlying environmentalist resonance from a tale largely set on Trash Island, few directors have ever been as eager to poke through the abandoned detritus of societal folly.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/4 48% My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) MLPTM creators are all too aware they now serve two masters. However kid-friendly the daft plot, its dialogue has been sharpened for a much older, far more cynical clientele. Bronyism hangs heavy over each knowing aside and attempted clever reference.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
3/4 41% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) The stars complement one another perfectly and, in the weirdest way, organically flesh out undeveloped characters otherwise defined solely by Hollywood clichés. . .‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Even with the playfully stylized flourishes teasing coherency from a pointlessly complicated narrative, the film has a giddy devotion to its own daft momentum.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
4/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) By the time we reach the Western Front with Trevor's rag-tag secret agent squad, Patty Jenkins has so deftly juggled period rom-com and epic fantasy elements that even trench warfare barely dampens the momentum.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
3/4 17% Baywatch (2017) Dwayne Johnson, forever miscast in vehicles built to human dimensions, finally has room to stretch.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/4 80% Chuck (2017) Chuck nimbly dances around usual trouble spots to target the irony of modern celebrity culture: With the power of fame now trivializing its origins, any bum who wants to be somebody can suddenly wake up a contender.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
2/4 80% Colossal (2017) So much of the film is done so well and so thoughtfully, with such seriousness of intent pulsing through the batshit concept, that audiences can't help but expect a climactic mission statement of higher purpose that never arrives.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2/4 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Human scale and recognizable emotions are a poor match for the ever-escalating spectacles of a franchise veering cosmically-deranged one mile at a time.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2/4 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Lynch mostly sticks to generalizations about each major period discussed, rarely offering the poignant anecdotal touches that would keep a viewer engaged.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
2/4 85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) A grim portrait recounting the deadening effects of the Soviet regime on creative freedoms, the vicarious toll of successive small embarrassments and minor defeats forced on the artist proves difficult to bear.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
3/4 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) By setting our anti-heroes' self-mythologizing against Veronika's own willfully-blocked horrors or the waking nightmare of Spud's all-too-clear-eyed recall, T2 doesn't quite indulge the same melancholy high of romanticized origins.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2/4 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Skull Island replaces Age of Discovery heroics with wartime ambience.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
2/4 73% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) For all the characters' predatory bluster, they're just sheep in no clothing.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 96% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Ma sustains a creeping noir sensibility by accentuating the claustrophobic unease of tiny smoke-filled cars hurtling along teeming streets toward blood-soaked ends ever threatened.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 88% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) A sloppily untrimmed, factory-damaged hipsterville peopled by feckless fantasists and maladjusted obsessives, this Portland is where the dreams of the '90s came to die.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
2/4 45% Rock Dog (2017) Offering nary a moral lesson to be learned, the streamlined story zips from one joke to the next with welcome space for left-field absurdities and a casual momentum even the godawful musical numbers can't entirely neuter.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Life After Life (Zhi fan ye mao) (2016) The often breathtaking imagery of first-time writer-director Zhang Hanyi distills the spark of magic from a rigorous austerity.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/4 35% The Great Wall (2017) [At first,] we learn the Great Wall of China was originally erected to protect the Chinese from marauding forces embodying the depths of human greed. Shortly afterward, we realize The Great Wall was made for precisely opposite reasons.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
3/4 97% Burden (2017) Though short on personal insights that might explain Burden's late-life shift toward family-friendly tourist fodder... the filmmakers tacitly argue that when life and art so closely intertwine, the works speak for themselves.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 No Score Yet Louise by the Shore (Louise en Hiver) (2015) Conveying wistful melancholia though indelible imagery drawn by the artist's hand (and then animated by computer), the measured pace and elegiac tone require and endlessly reward a willing patience.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/4 84% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) The true star ... remains Shaw's technique-a dizzying mixed-media mélange of bravura squiggles and winking broad strokes capturing the essence of kids in over their heads. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
2/4 No Score Yet Life+1Day (2016) Weaving timeless themes within a disparate cultural context, first-time writer-director Saeed Roustari injects this bleak urban landscape with nuance, empathy and dark humor.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/4 100% Heidi (2015) Alain Gsponer's adaptation follows precisely the original 19th-cenutry blueprint for Heidi and demonstrates, even in this digital age, the evergreen appeal of picturesque environs, flirty goatherds, and incandescent adorability. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Half Ticket (2016) Sanjay Memane's buoyant camera work lopes through the Mumbai tenements with a kinetic vibrancy that propels forward the boys' quest with stirring grace and infectious enthusiasm.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
B+ 34% A Dog's Purpose (2017) We could argue the film represents an artless waste of resources and brazen manipulation of empty sentiment, but...oooh, who's a good movie? Who's a good movie?!‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
F 24% The Comedian (2017) The film betrays a sloppiness and blinkered entitlement bordering on the toxic.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
B 82% The Founder (2017) From his first appearance addressing the camera with a marble-mouthed sales pitch, Keaton renders the struggling milkshake machine rep's desperation incandescent.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
C 35% Live By Night (2017) The last 90 minutes crawl by as an extended estate-planning commercial replete with endless widescreen ogles of classic cars passing lush Floridian vistas.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
C 30% Passengers (2016) Passengers so proudly boasts star power and visual panache that it takes a while to notice the limp romantic subplot that serves as featured in-flight entertainment.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2017
C+ 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) Future documentarians, please don't put your films in the hands of a rock-'n'-roll band. They'll throw it all away.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2016
B 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The Joneses, blessedly, draws down the scope and extends each scene for lovingly etched performances to flesh out the creeping unease of marital doldrums and workplace anomie.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
C 54% Phantasm: Ravager (2016) For all the OTT schlock spectacle and community-theater-quality performances, there's a tangible bond between the characters that gathers emotive momentum toward a surprisingly touching coda.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
B- 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Tim Burton's adaptation nearly ignores the dull business of storytelling altogether via expository plot dumps crumpled in between ever more fantastical evocations of ghoulish Victoriana.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
B- 24% Ben-Hur (2016) If unlikely to leave the same cultural sandal-print, it is surely the fastest and most furious.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2016
C 58% Bad Moms (2016) The film rides on appealing actors tossing non sequiturs back and forth in a series of wish-fulfillment scenarios.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2016
C 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) Clumsy slapstick and extraneous cameos were always AbFab hallmarks, but the film version lingers cruelly on slower stretches.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2016
C No Score Yet Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark. (2014) We Are Young, We Are Strong humanizes participants and their circumstances, but the revelation that politically motivated rhetoric stoked the mobs' racial hatred seems wearily familiar.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2016
C+ 90% Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) (2015) We who've watched the first two installments have been too long enlivened by Gomes' sui generis worldview to appreciate fully this one's foray into realism. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
B+ 100% Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado) (2015) The flights of ribaldry and tragicomic japes in this serrated knees-up make for a headlong rush into giddy and perverse delirium. ‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
B+ 15% Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) Longtime series editor Gregory Plotkin finally directs, giving us bravura jump cuts spliced for maximum humor and dread.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
C 78% Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary (2014) Documentarians are eternally fascinated with the '60s, cycling through the same tie-dyed tropes each time a few moments of new footage appears, but these particular icons seem uniquely undeserving.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
A 86% Experimenter (2015) However baffling his chosen topic, Almereyda's stylistic choices, brisk pace and comic tone make Experimenter a welcome shock.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2015
C- 49% Adult Beginners (2015) Ross Katz, directing his first comedy, brings out the actors' best, but the performances still won't mesh.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted May 13, 2015
A 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) You'll believe unadulterated tweener dreams can fly.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2015
C+ 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) For all the failings on display, the mighty Marvel machine rolls along.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
A- 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) To an extent, the film plays like a mixtape: slowly unwinding, confident in its own rhythms, unafraid to luxuriate in comic asides or hurtle forward the action.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2015
B 90% Frozen (2013) Widescreen 3-D visuals sculpt an endlessly inventive setting of ice palaces and snowcapped peaks, the original songs... soar and tickle as needed, and snowman sidekick Olaf giddily beats back the encroaching melodrama.‐ Willamette Week
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2014